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Financial guidelines for supporting the management of Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Natura 2000 sites

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Financial guidelines for supporting the management of Sites of Special Scientific Interest Natura 2000 sites

Glossary and guide to terminology

1949 Act
the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 (c.97)

1967 Act
the Countryside (Scotland) Act 1967 (c.86)

1968 Act
the Countryside Act 1968 (c.41)

1981 Act
the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (c.69)

1994 Regulations
the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 (SI 1994/2716)

2004 Act
the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 (asp 6)

Birds Directive
Council Directive 79/409/EEC of 2 April 1979 on the conservation of wild birds (OJ L 103, 25.4.79 p1)

Cross Compliance
Conditions which must be observed in return for receipt of subsidy in accordance with Council Regulation 1782/2003 of 29 September 2003, implementing the Common Agricultural Policy Reform. See also related terms - GAEC and SMR.

EIA
Environmental Impact Assessment

FCS
Forestry Commission Scotland

GAEC
Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition. Compliance is required under Council Regulation 1782/2003 of 29 September on CAP Reform. See also Cross Compliance and SMR.

Habitats Directive
Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (OJ L 206, 22.7.92, p7)

Land
The term "land" should be understood in these Guidelines to include buildings and other structures, land covered by water (as well as the water body itself) and any right in or over land. This definition is analogous to that provided by The Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions)(Publication and Interpretation etc. of Acts of the Scottish Parliament) Order 1999 (SI 1999/1379) 1.

Land manager
An informal term used for convenience to refer to the person (normally the owner or occupier) with direct responsibility for the management of land within or affecting a protected site.

LMO
Land Management Order

Management agreement
An contractual agreement concluded between SNH and a land manager:

  • to secure the management of the land as a nature reserve (section 16 of the 1949 Act 2);

  • to secure the conservation and enhancement, or to foster the understanding and enjoyment, of the natural heritage of Scotland (section 49A of the 1967 Act 3);

  • for the purpose of conserving the flora, fauna or geological or geomorphological features of an SSSI (section 15 of the 1968 Act 4),

  • for land management activities outside the SSSI which may benefit the nature conservation interest of the SSSI (section 15 of the 1968 Act 3); and

  • for the management, conservation, restoration or protection of a Natura site, or any part of it or land adjacent to it (regulation 16 of the 1994 Regulations).

Natura site
Natura 2000 sites collectively make up the Natura 2000 network, which is comprised of Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) designated under the Habitats Directive, and Special Protection Areas (SPAs) designated under the Birds Directive. See also the definition of "European site" contained in regulation 10 of the 1994 Regulations.

NCO
Nature Conservation Order

ORC
An operation specified in an SSSI notification which, under the terms of the 2004 Act, requires the consent of SNH (i.e Operation Requiring Consent).

Protected site
An informal term used for convenience to refer to both SSSIs and Natura sites

RDR
Rural Development Regulation (Council Regulation EC 1257/99 as implemented by Commission Regulations EC 1750/99 and 1783/2003 )

RSS
Rural Stewardship Scheme

SEERAD
Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department

SEPA
Scottish Environment Protection Agency

SFGS
Scottish Forestry Grants Scheme

SMR
Statutory Management Requirements. Compliance is required under Council Regulation 1782/2003 of 29 September on CAP Reform. See also Cross Compliance and GAEC.

SNH
Scottish Natural Heritage

SSSI
An SSSI is a Site of Special Scientific Interest notified in accordance with section 3 of the 2004 Act, or a site originally notified in accordance with section 23 of the 1949 Act or section 28 of the 1981 Act which is an SSSI by virtue of the provisions of Schedule 5 of the 2004 Act.